Jesus was anointed to preach “good news” (Luke 4: 18). What good news would you or I like to receive from God today? I turned to Proverbs 3 for July 3. Proverbs 3:3 assures us, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” I find it comforting that God does not require great knowledge and intelligence, great wealth and tithing, nor great deeds of bravery in the face of war. Love and faithfulness focus on our response to the challenges of the moment. Perhaps it is the challenge of keeping my eyes on God who helps me forgive and forget the imperfections of others and myself and the God who helps me persevere when I am so weary and tempted to give up. For me, today, I am grateful for that good news I can focus on before I think about the rest of Luke 4. “Favor in the eyes of God” results from the love in my heart and the faithfulness of my hands. Lord, help me today to be loving and faithful that I might gain favor in your sight. Blessings.